By Tom Westcott.
Tripoli, 23 April 2013:
Despite the attack on the French embassy this morning, most European embassies, consulates and missions across . . .[restrict]the capital remained open, although some closed for the day, with staff working from home.
“We heard the news on our way to the embassy,” Dutch Chargé d’Affaires Michel Deelen told the Libya Herald today. “We were, of course, very upset, and we have to remain vigilant but, for us, the incident was not a reason to close the embassy.” He added that security at the Dutch embassy remained at a high level.
The Polish consulate was open today and received everybody who already had an appointment.
The British Embassy was closed today and staff worked from home.
“Embassy staff are at work,” a spokesperson from the British embassy told the Libya Herald. “Our security arrangements are under constant review, particularly in light of yesterday’s incident,” the spokesperson said, adding that it was not possible to comment on any specific security arrangements.
The United Nations mission to Libya upped its security in light of the car bombing at the French Embassy and vehicles were not allowed to park in front of the gates.
Although the Libya Herald was unable to contact anyone at the EU Commission this evening, it understands that after a day in which most activities were suspended, the commission will be functioning normally tomorrow, Wednesday. [/restrict]